Date started: July 2009
Date completed: January 2011
Cost of project: £110,000
Size of school: For 640 children. Currently 620.
One liner: This school was in desperate need of help in order to provide an adequate education for the local children. The fully refurbished school, two additional teachers paid jointly by KST and the parents and an impressive headmaster give education a chance.
Brief history: The old colonial Anglican church of St Peter’s had sufficient land attached to it for the construction of a good primary school that was heavily supported by the diocese. Some years later it was realized that street children, internally displaced people (IDP) and the poorest of the poor also needed a school. The piece of land immediately adjoining the primary school was given over to meet that need so St Peter's Huruma was founded. Huruma means "Pity" or "Sympathy" a somewhat brutal but honest name for it.
Our sister charity, the Langalanga Scholarship Fund, first included this school in their scholarship scheme in 2006 but no pupil reached the required standard that year. In 2007 the first scholarship was awarded in open competition amongst children from 20 primary schools to a boy. The school has won three other scholarships, two of which went to girls. When the national exam results were announced in January 2009 the school attained the best results amongst government primary schools in the zone.
Leaking roofs, mud floors, no verandahs, dark and airless classrooms made this school ripe for re-development.
Current status:In 2015 an informal inspection of the school was carried out by the KST Chairman and his new project manager, Daniel Githinji. It was clear that the school was being very well run by the Headteacher, staff and the Board of Management but there was an urgent need to improve the nursery school for fifty of the youngest children. Half of the cost was available from the legacy of a much loved trustee called Bernadette and that figure was exactly matched by a very generous former trustee who is the founder of Cosy Ltd - a company that provides teaching resources for the youngest of children. With the agreement of the school authorities the name of the nursery school is Bernadette's Cosy Nursery!
A delightful Opening Ceremony was held in March 2016.
Further improvements were made to the school in 2015-16 which included new a toilet block for girls and a new kitchen with the re-positioned cooker (jiku).
KST trustees were delighted to hear that the level of education as measured by the national primary school exams has risen very sharply. The school is now one of the most sought-after within the Ol'Kalou area.
Fifty happy and excited children enjoy their first moments in Bernadette's Cosy Nursery.
Current status: In December 2008 KST trustees decided to help this school and to use the legacy of a much loved supporter, the late Mrs. Wendy Birrell, to build a new administration block consisting of two classrooms, library, staffroom, offices and a store. The ground breaking ceremony took place in July 2009.
A new 100,000 litre water tank has also been built for the school.
On 17 January 2011 Wendy Birrell's sister, Anne Kay, was the guest of honour at the handover of the ‘Wendy Birrell Memorial Building’. Anne and her three adult boys were able to see at first hand the major impact Wendy's legacy has made on the poorest in Ol Kalou. Anne Kay and her UK friends also kindly donated the money for a jiku (fuel efficient cooker) in the existing kitchen, so food can now be properly prepared for the schoolchildren at St Peter's Huruma.
An impressive display of hoola-hoop dancing by ten year olds as entertainment for the guests at the ground breaking ceremony. July 2009.
Anne Kay cuts the tape to declare the new Wendy Birrell memorial building open.
30 June 2011 was the date for the formal handover of the school to the parents and local community. As predicted it was a ‘family occasion’ with great warmth of spirit and much thankfulness.